Don’t Be Afraid to Use Color
If you haven’t noticed already, color has come back in style in the design world. The most popular are earthy colors normally found in nature, such as deep greens, soft creams and rose colors.
Paint is one of my favorite ways to update a home or space. Adding extra trim, tongue and groove, beadboard paneling or feature walls, and then painting, can be done in a weekend for a quick remodel.
I recently purchased a “flip house” with my business partner, and I was able to use color to make it a beautiful new home.
We wanted to remodel the whole house without moving any walls. All of the flooring, lighting, fixtures, bathroom vanities and toilets were removed and replaced. We also scraped the popcorn ceilings and added a lot of new trim, doors and paint throughout the home.
The kitchen cabinets were in great shape, and the granite countertops were in good condition, so we decided to save them by using color. I didn’t like the color of the countertops, but didn’t want to remove them, so I decided to use a color for the cabinets that would work better with them. We went with a Sherwin Williams color called Thunderous, which is a deeper, mossy green.
The kitchen didn’t have a backsplash, but, instead of adding costly tile, we added vertical tongue and groove boards. We removed the cabinet above the stove and ran the tongue and groove up to the ceiling. Next, we had all the cabinets and the tongue and groove painted the same color, which really made the kitchen pop.
Then, we added muted gold knobs, a new faucet, a stainless steel vent hood and appliances, in addition to new flooring, to finish the remodel. The kitchen looked brand-new, and we were able to save money by reusing the current cabinets and countertops.
In future articles, I’ll share more updates throughout the house, which include feature walls, more tongue and groove, shiplap and paint. To find new color inspiration, search online for each major paint company’s color of the year. I also love following designers and influencers on Instagram and Pinterest, to get ideas.
If you want to update your kitchen this year, and your cabinets are in good shape, consider one of the best (and most cost-effective) ways — add paint!